Donald Trump has a plan for deterring Islamic terrorists: Target their families.
But after the Republican front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination made the comments, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly began chastising Trump about his views and “making statements that get you into trouble.”
Trump first made the comment about targeting terrorist families Wednesday morning during an interview on Fox News and then reiterated his policy Thursday night with O’Reilly.
“We’re fighting a very politically correct war,” the billionaire said during a “Fox and Friends” appearance. “With the terrorists, you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives; don’t kid yourself.”
O’Reilly revisited the comment Thursday, asking if a Trump administration would employ “assassins” to shoot the family members of terrorists.
“When the World Trade Center came down, the people who knocked it down – the terrorists who knocked it down – [the Bush administration] put their families on airplanes and sent them back home, mostly to Saudi Arabia believe it or not,” said Trump.
O’Reilly interrupted, “But wait a minute. Would you have killed bin Laden’s family? … You’ve got to define for me ‘take out their families.’ What does that mean?”
Trump continued, “Bill, do you think the wives and the families knew exactly what was going to happen with September 11th? I do. I know they did. … We’re going to have to do what Israel was doing for a period of time. ‘Take out’ means you have to wipe out their homes where they came from. You have to absolutely wipe them out. It’s the only way you’re going to stop terrorism.”
O’Reilly asked again, “Would you have killed the family members of terrorists? Would you kill the bin Laden family?”
(Multiple family members of Osama bin Laden were, in fact, killed in the 2011 raid on bin Laden’s compound, including his son, and wife, Bushra.)
The Fox News host was not convinced, saying there was no way to know if a wife or parent had information on an imminent terror attack.
“They would suffer. They knew what was going on,” said Trump. “They sat back and watched daddy on television. … I’m a realist. That’s the way life works. … There has to be retribution. And if there’s not going to be retribution, you’re never going to stop terrorism.”
Watch Trump’s remarks:
In the second part of the interview, O’Reilly asked Trump “why he makes so many statements that get him into trouble.” O’Reilly referenced Trump’s recollection of seeing thousands of Muslims celebrating after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
As WND reported, a newly emerged CBS News video from 2001 flies in the face of the national media pointing fingers at Trump, accusing him of lying about the reports of thousands of Muslims cheering on rooftops after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The video, from Sept. 16, 2001, from WCBS-TV, the CBS owned and operated station in New York City, actually reports something virtually identical – that “swarms” of Muslims cheered from rooftops over the terrorist attacks that killed and injured thousands of Americans.
O’Reilly told Trump, “You were wrong by saying thousands, but it did happen.”
Then Trump referenced a soccer game between Turkey and Greece in Istanbul. At the game, roughly 17,000 Turkish soccer fans turned a moment of silence for the Paris terror attack victims into a cacophony of boos and “Allahu Akbar!” chants.”
O’Reilly cut Trump off: “What country was that? Do you remember what country that was?”
Trump replied, “Excuse me? It was a different country.”
O’Reilly said, “It was Turkey.”
“There’s great hatred out there, and people aren’t acknowledging it,” Trump said.
O’Reilly continued his lecture of Trump: “Where you get into trouble, with all due respect of course, is when you give a speech and you say things like, ‘I saw thousands,’ and there weren’t thousands. … You know I’m always right. You know I’m always right. So take it to the bank. So you go to Virginia and you give a speech tonight, OK? Do you have that speech printed out, or is it an ad lib speech?”
Trump replied, “Well, it would be so much easier to just read off a Teleprompter like our president does, where he reads a Teleprompter because he can’t do anything else. I like to not do that. … I like to do extemporaneous. You know why? It’s more exciting.”
The Fox host continued to chastise the GOP front-runner: “But you get into trouble. … Here’s what happens. Sometimes when you’re up there, you get overly excited. And you’re speaking extemporaneously. And then you say things, as anybody would, because the crowd is cheering and everyone is going wild, that you don’t know to be true but you believe to be true. But you don’t know it. So that’s the risk as a president when you’re out there, the man who wants the most powerful position in the world, you’ve got to kind of be careful in those speeches because that’s what gets you in trouble. You get my point?”
Trump told O’Reilly: “I would love to read speeches off a Teleprompter. It is so easy to do. I would love to read speeches, period. But you don’t get the same excitement. You don’t get the same feeling. And I haven’t made very many mistakes, that I can tell you.”
Once again, O’Reilly advised, “With the responsibility that you’re seeking comes personal responsibility. When you say something, you’ve got to be pretty damn well sure that it’s accurate and it’s not hyperbole. That’s the point I’m trying to make. I’m sure you understand.”
Ironically, O’Reilly has been accused by some in the mainstream media of making up a few of his own facts in his reports – including that he was in a “war zone” “in the Falklands” in 1982. In reality, O’Reilly was reportedly 1,200 miles from combat.